advocate For the arts


Coloratura, Though Leadership Summit May 9th 2023 event

Discover the transformative impact of the arts on the Kansas City region. From enriching our cultural identity and fueling economic growth to empowering individuals through education and fostering unity, the arts are a powerful catalyst for positive change.


Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 results booklet for the Kansas City region. Photo by RW Photography.

The newly released Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) is an economic and social impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry led by Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

With support from Bank of America, ArtsKC collaborated with several local organizations and volunteers to conduct arts participation surveys, resulting in over 2,000 responses region wide. Use the button below to view and download the full reports from AFTA, local impact sheets, and presentation decks to aid in your arts advocacy efforts.


Introducing the ArtsKC Regional Arts Impact Dashboard—a new tool providing a comprehensive view of the social and economic impact of our region's nonprofit arts sector, along with key societal and community demographics. Featuring arts asset maps, social impact stories, findings from 2023's Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) study, and more, this tool presents a cohesive story of the arts in our region and is free for the community to utilize.


Audience members look through their event program

Photo courtesy Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, photo by Nicole Bissey

Based on findings from the Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) national economic impact study, organizations can enter their data and determine their impact on local government revenue, state government revenue, local household incomes, and more.

Thought Leadership Series

Thought Leadership Summit event, Dana Knapp and Susan Magsamen, photo by RW Photography

Who Needs Art: A Thought Leadership Summit is designed to advance the dialogue around the essential impact of the arts and drive further integration of the arts into related policy, leadership, and decision-making in a measurable and lasting way.

who needs art AWARENESS campaign

Who Needs Art is a multi-year campaign created to communicate the transformative influence the arts have on individuals, our social well-being, and our economic prosperity. The campaign mobilizes an informed network of advocates that humanize the arts and remind the community that the arts are essential


Featuring Fishtank Theatre, design by Design Ranch